Jul
4
2011

Homemade Oreos

Happy Birthday America! To celebrate 4th of July, my family played bags, we grilled some brats, and we have some 4th of July cookies. But what’s more American than the Oreo cookie? Not much. These homemade Oreos are so good. They don’t taste exactly like a real Oreo cookie but I think they are better. What’s great is that I knew what was going into my Oreos. If you look at a bag of Oreos you won’t be able to pronounce a few of the ingredients. I like to know exactly what is going into my food, even if the result is still not very healthy. These cookies are definitely a treat!



Ingredients:

For the cookie:
 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
 1 tsp baking soda
 1/4 tsp baking powder
 1/4 tsp salt
 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used 1 cup and it was perfect, use 1 1/2 cups if you like a sweeter cookie)
 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
 1 large egg
For the icing:
 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (I subbed 1/4 cup of butter for this)
 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
 2 tsp vanilla extract 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and set oven racks to the middle of the oven. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. While mixing on low speed, add the butter and egg, and mix until the dough forms into a giant clump. Line a baking pan with parchment paper or grease well. Take a teaspoon of batter, and roll it into a ball with your hands. Then lightly press down on the ball to form a patty (not entirely, these will flatten out a bit in the oven). Place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes and then cool on a wire rack. To make the icing, cream butter and shortening in a bowl. Then add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Keep mixing until the batter is light and fluffy. To assemble cookies, take a spoon and put a little glob of frosting in the middle of the cookie. Push down with the top cookie to make the icing cover all ends of the cookie. You can also use a pastry bag to pipe the frosting if you would like. 
Makes about 25-30 sandwich cookies. 

Source: Recipe from Smitten Kitchen


***What are your plans for 4th of July?***


P.S. Check out all these sweets at Sweet As Sugar Cookies!

About the Author: Megan Hastings

Accountant extraordinaire and lover of all things baking, cooking, and crafting.

10 Comments + Add Comment

  • I’ve heard they taste exactly like mint oreos if you add mint extract to the frosting!

  • I am so with you! I really like to know exactly what I’m eating, even if I know it isn’t 100% healthy. I always worry about all the added crap restaurants add and packaged foods contain. So gross!

  • these look phenomenal!

  • thanks Claire!

  • Jackie we’ll have to try that sometime! and its dairy-free so you can eat it! yay :)

  • Homemade Oreos! Yum! I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the 4th!
    -Erin

  • Your Oreos look awesome. I’d take yours over the store bought ones any day. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your Oreos up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/07/sweets-for-saturday-25.html

  • aw thank you! i’m all linked up! I’m having way too much fun looking at all those sweets right now :)

  • These look fantastic!!

    My sisters and I have a linky party every Sunday called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. We pick a theme each week and this week’s theme is Chocolate. We would like to invite you to come by and link up your favorite chocolate recipes. The link is opened all week (until Sat) so please come by and say hi.

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com/2011/07/everyday-sisters-sharing-sundays-3.html

    Ellen

    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

  • Thanks Ellen! I will make sure to link up some of my chocolate recipes!

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